3 million new iPads sold in first 3 days

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple sold more than 3 million iPads in the tablet computer's first three days of availability to set another record, the company said Monday.

Apple began selling the new iPad in nine countries along with Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, its widest launch yet for a new device. The new iPad goes on sale in 24 more countries this Friday.

The new iPad costs from $499 to $829 depending on memory and other features.

Apple dominates the tablet computer market, accounting for 54.7 percent of the sales in the 2011 holiday-shopping quarter.

Apple stock closed at a record price of $601.10 Monday, the first time it has closed higher than $600 in its history.

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